Mont. Admin. R. 24.222.525 - AUDIOLOGY SCOPE OF PRACTICE

(1) The scope of practice of audiology includes but is not limited to:
(a) identification, assessment, management, and interpretation of auditory/vestibular disorders;
(b) otoscopic examination and external ear canal management for removal of cerumen in order to:
(i) evaluate auditory/vestibular disorders;
(ii) make ear impressions;
(iii) fit hearing protection or prosthetic devices; and
(iv) monitor the continuous use of hearing aids;
(c) administration and interpretation of behavioral, electroacoustic, or electrophysiologic methods used to assess auditory/vestibular disorders;
(d) evaluation and management of children and adults with auditory processing disorders;
(e) supervising and conducting newborn screening programs;
(f) measurement and interpretation of sensory and motor evoked potentials, electromyography, and other electrodiagnostic tests for purposes of neurophysiologic intraoperative monitoring;
(g) provision of hearing care by selecting, evaluating, fitting, facilitating, adjustment to, and dispensing prosthetic devices for hearing loss, including:
(i) hearing aids;
(ii) sensory aids;
(iii) hearing assistive devices;
(iv) alerting and telecommunication systems; and
(v) captioning devices;
(h) assessment of candidacy of persons with hearing loss for cochlear implants and provision of fitting, and audiological rehabilitation to optimize device use;
(i) provision of audiological rehabilitation including:
(i) speech reading;
(ii) communication management;
(iii) language development;
(iv) auditory skill development; and
(v) counseling for psychosocial adjustment to hearing loss for persons with hearing loss, their families, and care givers;
(j) consultation to educators as members of interdisciplinary teams about communication management, educational implications, classroom acoustics, and large-area amplification systems for children with hearing loss;
(k) prevention of hearing loss and conservation of hearing function by designing, implementation, and coordinating occupational, school, and community hearing conservation and identification programs;
(l) consultation and provision of rehabilitation of persons with balance disorders using habituation, exercise therapy, and balance retraining;
(m) designing and conducting basic and applied audiologic research, and disseminating research findings to other professionals and to the public, to:
(i) increase the knowledge base;
(ii) develop new methods and programs; and
(iii) determine the efficacy of assessment and treatment paradigms;
(n) education and administration in audiology graduate and professional education programs;
(o) measurement of functional outcomes, consumer satisfaction, effectiveness, efficiency, and cost-benefit of practices and programs to maintain and improve the quality of audiological services;
(p) administration and supervision of professional and technical personnel who provide support functions to the practice of audiology;
(q) screening of speech-language, use of sign language, and other factors affecting communication function for the purposes of an audiological evaluation or initial identification of individuals at risk for other communication disorders;
(r) consultation about accessibility for persons with hearing loss in public and private buildings, programs, and services;
(s) assessment and nonmedical management of tinnitus using:
(i) biofeedback;
(ii) masking;
(iii) habituation;
(iv) hearing aids;
(v) education; and
(vi) counseling;
(t) consultation to individuals, public and private agencies, and governmental bodies, or as an expert witness regarding legal interpretations of audiology findings, effects of auditory/vestibular disorders, and relevant noise related considerations;
(u) case management and service as a liaison for consumers, families, and agencies in order to monitor audiologic status and management and to make recommendations about educational and vocational programming; and
(v) consultation to industry on the development of products and instrumentation related to the management of auditory/vestibular function.


Mont. Admin. R. 24.222.525
NEW, 2006 MAR p. 2413, Eff. 10/6/06.

37-1-131, 37-15-202, MCA; IMP, 37-15-102, MCA;

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